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The products can be traced back to their production between Oct. 1, 2018, and March 8, 2019, and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019, through March 7, 2020, according to the USDA notice, and the number “P-7221” is printed on the back of the product package.
The Company says they discontinued use of the specific equipment believed to be associated with the metal fragments, and we install metal-detecting X-ray machinery to replace the plant’s existing metal-detection system.
Meanwhile, on Sunday in Iowa, Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders rolled out a major plan to revitalize the agriculture sector by (1) leveling the playing field for farmers and farm workers by breaking up large agribusinesses; (2) empowering farmers, ranchers and foresters to address climate change and protect ecosystems; and (3) fostering investment in rural communities. His plan takes aim at the current system of farm policies and subsidies that benefit the large agribusinesses to the detriment of family farms. It also includes many of the aspects of the Green New Deal that were most controversial, such as guaranteed education, health care, full employment and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 nationally. And the plan ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency enforces the Clean Air and Water Acts against large factory farms, and ensures that all farmers have access to tools and resources to help them address agricultural pollution.
Why This Matters: The Sanders proposal is quite comprehensive, with many broad social policies embedded in it — the ones that are the most liberal and controversial with moderate Democrats and Republicans. While it is aimed at helping small farmers economically, it also contains many policy proposals small farmers are not likely to favor such as addressing pollution from farms and climate change impacts of farming. None of the other Democrats have proposed anything like this for rural farmers or the agriculture sector as of yet. The rash of food recalls over the last year, and the numerous people made ill by tainted lettuce and contaminated meat should be a warning sign to American consumers. The lack of enforcement of environmental laws against large agribusinesses and the lack of sufficient safety standards and inspections for agricultural products should concern all of us that the agriculture sector is badly in need of fundamental reforms.
This year has been indelibly shaped by the COVID pandemic — it literally changed everything. What has become clear as a result is that environmental injustice was exacerbated by the pandemic, and if we don’t repair our relationship with the natural world we are going to face more deadly pandemics in the future. For the […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new Danish study has found that elevated levels of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals linked to cancer, in the bloodstream are linked to severe COVID-19. The study observed 323 patients infected with the virus and found that those with elevated levels of the […]
Why This Matters: Rising seas and rising temperatures are public health issues. More extreme heat worldwide means that people with pre-existing conditions, people who work outdoors, and the elderly all face a higher risk of heat-related death.
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